West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice has been praised following his performance in England’s opening World Cup game against Iran, writes the FTT.
Gareth Southgate’s side managed to kick off their campaign in Qatar with an emphatic 6-2 win over Iran in their first group game of the tournament.
Jude Bellingham, Bukayo Saka, Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish found themselves on the scoresheet to help England secure the victory.
However, despite not getting a goal, it was Rice that found himself on the receiving end of some hefty praise for his efforts in the game.
As England walked in at half-time 3-0 up, journalist Henry Winter was full of praise on Twitter about what he saw from Rice in the game.
He said: “Declan Rice playing such an important role, covering, keeping the shape, intercepting and redistributing. Such an intelligent player. #ENG excellent. 3-0 h-t.”
As one of the five outfield players to complete the full 90 minutes for England against Iran, the midfielder had 104 touches of the ball in total.
Having successfully completed 90 of the 95 passes he attempted in the game, this gave Rice a passing accuracy percentage of 95%, leaving only Jude Bellingham (97%) and John Stones (99%) with higher numbers out of the starting XI.
The Hammers star also made three interceptions, more than any other player, one tackle and blocked one shot in the game as well, highlighting his defensive ability when not in possession.